Combating Human Trafficking Salvation Army

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The Salvation Army is deeply committed to the modern-day fight against human trafficking (for sexual and labor purposes) and forms of commercial sexual exploitation innately linked to sexual trafficking. This commitment emerges from both The Salvation Army's mission - to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination - and is rooted in the organization's early history.

The Salvation Army was founded in London, England, in 1865 by the husband and wife team of Catherine and William Booth. The Booths went against Victorian conventions and took their ministry to the dirty and dangerous streets of London's east side where they reached out to the destitute and desperate. Their efforts eventually evolved into a battle to protect women and children from the horrors of sex trafficking. Upon learning of the desperate needs of women and children at risk of or already caught up in organized commercial sexual exploitation, The Salvation Army responded by opening homes for women and girls and developing intensive "Rescue Work." Within thirty years Salvation Army rescue homes grew from one to 117.

The Salvation Army's efforts to help women and girls in prostitution did not stop there. In one of the most fascinating chapters of its history, The Salvation Army participated in the planning and execution of an undercover investigation into the trafficking of young girls for prostitution - a detailed account of which was published in July 1885 by the Pall Mall Gazette in a series of articles called, "The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon." The series created enough fervor to foment public opinion in support of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, a measure which when passed in August 1885 raised the age of consent from 13 to 16 (although reformers sought 18). The Salvation Army's advocacy efforts were a major catalyst in the bill's passage. Now, more than a century later, The Salvation Army in the United States and abroad is part of a reviving movement for the abolition of sex trafficking and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation.

Day of Prayer Day of Prayer
2015 Resources: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, etc Bible studies: Leviticus 25
2 Kings 4:1-7 
Day of Prayer Day of Prayer
Sermon outlines: The value of human life; True freedom Prayer: for victims of human trafficking Word Document
Telephone hotlines Posters
Contact: Report suspicions of human trafficking worldwide Previous posters: Day of Prayer posters from 2013 onwards 
Freedom Prayer Freedom Prayer
Leaflet: Open your eyes PDF
Resources: A freedom prayer and poem by Maj John Read PPT
For Sale?
Leaflet: 'For Sale?' UK case studies/reporting suspicions PDF Resource: How to get involved in the fight against trafficking PDF
Report: ISJC participating in NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking PDF Recognising the signs: FAQ by Colonel Ardis Fuge PDF
Creative prayer ideas Flowers
Worship centre: Creative prayer ideas (Maj Miriam Musgrave) Flickr Activity: Responsive/creative prayer PDF
No al trafico humano Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking
Presentation: A conversation on human trafficking Powerpoint Website: Useful toolkit from FAAST
Salvation Army USA response Talking with a client
Presentation: The USA Salvation Army's response ** Powerpoint Articles: 'Wellspring of love' from Good News, USA Eastern PDF